“There is an industry saying that architects love their 'next' project the most, and it certainly rings true for me.”
STUART MCKECHNIE ASSOCIATE REGISTERED ARCHITECT (NZ) stuartm@ignitearchitects.com

I really enjoy the journey of a project.

Working across the entirety of a project, and taking a role in it from start to finish, means there are always new complexities to master and learnings to be gained.

I particularly enjoy the challenge of creating beautiful, simple but functional buildings. To be successful, a design must achieve these outcomes cost-effectively.

During the course of my career I have worked on the full spectrum of project typologies. Prior to joining Ignite, I also established and ran my own practice, which specialised in small-scale residential projects.

My inspiration is usually driven by the client and the site, but a concept I’m drawn to is the idea of the yin and the yang – a protective outer which shelters the interior.

That’s one of the reasons a residential project in Māngere Bridge, Auckland, is a favourite of mine. Taking inspiration from nearby Māngere Mountain and its volcanic rock, I created an economical and striking design – clean-lined dark metal cladding, which protected the softer, timber ply interior.

I lived overseas for much of my childhood and headed offshore again early on in my career. I worked as an architect in both London and Vancouver, before coming back to Auckland to settle in 2007. These experiences have given me an appreciation of the benefits of successful medium and high-density housing – that it can be both well-designed, affordable and enjoyable to live in.

Away from work, spending time with my two sons is really important to me. Ignite is full of keen sportspeople, and my interest in running, golf and yoga means I fit right in.